This summer I’ve been working up Marigold Sky granny squares with the intention of turning them into a super cute bag. I am happy to report that the Marigold Sling Bag is now complete! Make one of these super chic crocheted bags with me using this free crochet pattern.
Marigold Sling Bag Crochet Pattern
Earlier this summer I published the Marigold Sky granny square pattern. These squares are interesting enough to keep your attention, and easy enough that you don’t have to think too hard while you make them. I find that to be the perfect balance when it comes to crochet!
We will combine these squares in a way using the Mattress Stitch that forms a super cute bag. Of course you could make yours a rectangle instead, or a square with a flap, or another shape you can make work.
For this pattern we are using one of my favorite cotton blend yarns, CotLin. This is a size 3 (DK weight) 70% Tanguis Cotton and 30% Linen blend. If you are stash busting, any cotton should work. Because this is a size 3 yarn, should you use a worsted weight cotton your bag will turn out somewhat larger than my bag has.
Approximately 11″ wide and 13″ tall from bag bottom to start of strap.
Each Marigold Sky granny square uses approximately 7 yards of the center color (Color A) and 15 yards of the outer color (Color B). We need 14 of these total, so that means we will need approximately 98 yards of the center color (Color A), and 210 yards of the outer color (Color B) to make just those fourteen squares.
You will need more of Color B because that is what we use for the bag bottom, for attaching the squares to one another, and for the strap and border “clean up” single crochet row. In total you’ll need…
Cotton blend (CotLin used) or 100% cotton yarn
Color A (inside, flower color, “Mustard Seed” used) – approx. 100 yards
Color B (main color “Surf” used) – approx. 325 yards
Crochet hook in size D/3.25mm
Pattern written using US terms.
Make fourteen (14) of the Marigold Sky granny squares using this pattern.
Make ONE solid square following the pattern below. This will be the bag bottom.
Tr = Treble Crochet (tutorial here)
Dtr = Double Treble (same as Treble but with one extra yarn over at the beginning of the stitch = 3 wraps)
Ldc = Linked Double Crochet (tutorial here) – this makes for a super sturdy strap!
Marigold Square Pattern:
Make FOURTEEN (14) of the Marigold Squares using this pattern.
Solid Square Pattern:
Make ONE solid square using Color B…
Round 1: Magic Circle. 8dc in circle. Join to top of first dc. (8)
Round 2: Ch-2, * dc in next, (2dc, Tr, 2dc) in next * repeat between * * 3 more times. Join to top of first dc. (24)
Round 3: Ch-2, dc in next 3 sts, (2dc, Tr, 2dc) in corner st. * dc in next 5 sts, (2dc, Tr, 2dc) in corner st * repeat between * * 2 more times. Dc in remaining 2 sts. Join to top of first dc. (40)
Round 4: Ch-2, dc in next 5 sts, (2dc, Tr, 2dc) in corner st. * dc in next 9 sts, (2dc, Tr, 2dc) in corner st * repeat between * * 2 more times. Dc in remaining 4 sts. Join to top of first dc. (56)
Round 5: Ch-2, dc in next 7 sts, (2dc, Tr, 2dc) in corner st. * dc in 13 sts, (2dc, Tr, 2dc) in corner st * repeat between * * 2 more times. Dc in remaining 6 sts. Fasten off using Invisible Join. (72)
Now we will arrange the squares so that we can sew them together as painlessly as possible. Make sure wrong sizes are touching so that the pretty part of the flower is always showing out and not to the inside of the bag.
Sew each square to the surrounding squares using the Mattress Stitch. This is much more sturdy than slip stitching, and will make for a more stable bag.
Now it’s time to do the straps!
Find the centermost stitch on either top corner. Count 4 more to the right (or to the left if you’re left handed) and attach in that stitch.
Row 1: Ch-4, Dtr (double treble = wrap the hook 3 times) in same, Tr in next, dc in next, hdc in next, sc in next (this should be the centermost stitch). Hdc in next, dc in next, Tr in next, Dtr in next. (9)
Rows 2 – 80: Ch-3, turn, Ldc (Linked Double Crochet) in each st to end. (9)
Straps should be ~31″ long at this point.
Row 81: Ch-4, Dtr in first, Tr in next, dc in next, hdc in next, sc in next, hdc in next, dc in next, Tr in next, Dtr in next. (9)
Fasten off leaving long enough tail to sew strap to opposite corner. Line up and sew stitch for stitch into place. Securely weave in all ends.
Now it’s time to clean up the strap edges…
Looking at outside of bag, attach a few stitches over from the start of the strap. Ch-1, sc up, around the strap and down the other side. Note: I crocheted three single crochet stitches for every two rows of Linked Double Crochet.
Sc in each st down the bag opening. When you reach the centermost (lowest) point, sc3tog using the last stitch of one granny square, the very center/low point of the bag opening, and the first stitch of the next granny square. Continue with sc up to where you started. Fasten off leaving a long tail for making the strap beginning/end (rows 1 and 81) more sturdy. Do the same for the other side.
Securely weave in all ends, cinching up any gaps in between the taller stitches of the beginning and end strap rows.
You’re finished! I love this project because of how easy it is to crochet just one square here or there when you have the time.
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